Who Wore It Better? – 18th-Century Edition


We know that historical costumes get recycled from one production to another — it’s just a thing due to budget and time. While certain outfits seem to show up more often than others, that doesn’t mean they look as good on everyone. So let’s make some random judgement calls! With a shout-out to Recycled Movie Costumes, we’re gonna have some fun deciding who wore it better among these 18th-century style costumes.



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Tell us how you voted and why!


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13 Responses

  1. Patricia

    I voted for the original production, the one for which the costume was made.

  2. Luanna

    I feel like I’d have a better opinion if we could see the full styling, including hair (and potentially hats, etc.) – part of “who wore it better” is who incorporated it into a stronger overall look, IMO!

    • Luanna

      (Plus, it’s hard to judge who the gown suits better when we can’t see their faces.)

    • LadySlippers

      Agreed! And the lighting changes the appearance by a lot. So it’s ever so hard to judge based on such a small picture.

    • sosteadyasshesews

      Thirded. I had to make a best guess on fit based on sleeves and cleavage, and a fair bit of what I knew of overall fit and styling from the movie in general. Anything I’ve not seen recently or at all was at a huge disadvantage.

  3. Saraquill

    Accessories and the lack of stress wrinkles helped me decide, as well as boob position.

  4. Lily Lotus Rose

    If I’d seen the movies, then I judged based on the overall production values of the movie. If I hadn’t I voted for the prettiest picture. I love these mini-quizzes! Keep ’em coming!

    Dangerous Liaisons 2. Marie Antoinette 3. Belle 4. Doctor Who.

  5. Mary

    The question: I’ve tried to see this post on a phone, a tablet, and a laptop, but all I get are spinning wheels below the introductory paragraph. Is there some setting interfering with the display?

  6. GB Tyrrell

    I find it difficult as you can’t see the whole dress/image

  7. Victoria

    Second everybody who said it’s really not possible to judge on such small-scale pictures of such a small part of the gown. Especially the grey one – I really can’t make out what;s going on there at all. Is that some kind of self-coloured attached hood with a different-coloured lining, or something?

  8. Q-tip

    Someone please tell me where the blue drop earrings are from- Lucy Wells wears them throughout series 1.